Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Murphy said in his opening statement Tuesday that William Aossey Jr. "chose to do things his own way," and he called "the shots" in every part of Midamar Corp.

Aossey, 73, the founder of Midamar, is on trial in U.S. District Court for 19 counts relating to an alleged halal beef export scheme. He is charged with one count of conspiracy to make false statements, sell misbranded meat, and commit mail and wire fraud; seven counts of making or causing false statements to be made on export applications; seven counts of wire fraud; three counts of money laundering; and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Murphy said that from 2007 to 2010, Aossey devised a scheme to sell halal meat to Maylasia and Indonesia while thwarting those nations' slaughtering requirements.

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